India national under-23 football team

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India Under-23
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Blue Cubs
Association All India Football Federation
Head coach Wim Koevermans
First colours
Second colours
Olympic Games
Appearances None
Best result Qualifiers
AFC U-22 Asian Cup
Appearances None
Best result Qualifiers
Asian Games
Appearances 3 (First in 2002)
Best result Round of 16 (2010)

The India national under-23 football team is the men's football team that represents India at the under-23 level internationally. The primary goal of the team is the participate in the Summer Olympics, AFC U-22 Asian Cup, and the Asian Games. The team is currently controlled by the governing body of football in the country, the All India Football Federation.

Currently, the team has never qualified for the Summer Olympics with the senior team qualifying in 1960 and has so far never qualifyed for the U-22 Asian Cup as well. In the Asian Games the team has made it as far as the Round of 16 stage in 2010, only to lose to Japan 5–0.

Asian Games history[edit]

2002 Busan Games[edit]

India's under-23s participated in their first ever tournament during the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, South Korea. They were put into a group with China, Turkmenistan, and Bangladesh. Their first match was against Bangladesh in which India won 3–0 through a brace from future senior captain Baichung Bhutia and a strike from Renedy Singh. India then played their second match two days later against Turkmenistan where they won 3–1. Bhutia again scored a brace while Abhishek Yadav scored the third goal as India ran out 3–1 winners. Unfortunately, in their final match against China, India could not find the net as they fell 2–0 and thus were knocked-out of the Asian Games.[1]

2006 Doha Games[edit]

During the 2006 Asian Games India were placed in a group with Iran, Hong Kong, and Maldives. In their first match against Hong Kong, India drew 1–1 with Pappachen Pradeep scoring the lone Indian goal. In their second match India faced off against Maldives and won 2–1. Irungbam Surkumar Singh and Subhas Sumbhu Chakrobarty were the scorers for India that night. Finally, in their last match against Iran, India once again lost 2–0 and thus were once again knocked-out of the Asian Games.[2]

2010 Guangzhou Games[edit]

During the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, India were placed in a group with Qatar, Kuwait Athletes, and Singapore. India lost their first match against the Kuwait Athletes 2–0 and then lost their second match against Qatar 2–1 with the lone India goal coming from Dharmaraj Ravanan. India then went on to win their final match of the group stage against Singapore 4–1. Four players scored each goal, Jewel Raja, Balwant Singh, Jibon Singh, and Manish Maithani. The victory managed to help India finish in third-place which then helped India become the best third-place team out of all the other third-placed teams and thus qualified them for the Round of 16.

In the Round of 16, India took on powerhouse Japan at the Huangpu Sports Center. India went on to lose the match 5–0 with Kensuke Nagai scoring a brace and Ryohei Yamazaki, Kazuya Yamamura, and Kota Mizunuma scoring a goal each.[3]

Competition records[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Manager Period
India Sukhwinder Singh 2008–2010
Scotland Des Bulpin 2011
Australia Arthur Papas 2012
Netherlands Wim Koevermans 2014

Current coaching staff[edit]

As of 15 November 2014[4]
Position Name
Head coach Vacant
Assistant coach India Savio Medeira

Upcoming fixtures[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

The following is a list of matches from the past year, as well as any future matches that have been officially scheduled this year.

Date Venue Opponent Competition Result Indian Scorers
17 August 2014 Bangalore Football Stadium, Bangalore Pakistan Pakistan U23 Friendly 1–0 Robin Singh Goal 44'
20 August 2014 Bangalore Football Stadium, Bangalore Pakistan Pakistan U23 Friendly 0–2
15 September 2014 Hwaseong Stadium, Incheon United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates U23 Asian Games [0–5] Sandesh Jhingan (o.g.)
22 September 2014 Incheon Munhak Stadium, Incheon Jordan Jordan U23 Asian Games [0–2]

Current squad[edit]

The following 20 players were called up to the squad for the 2014 Asian Games , taking place from 15 September to 22 September at Incheon, South Korea[5]

As of 17 August 2014
0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
16 1GK Amrinder Singh (1993-05-27) 27 May 1993 (age 21) 1 0 India Pune
1GK Ravi Kumar (1993-07-04) 4 July 1993 (age 21) 0 0 India Sporting Goa
1GK Kamaljit Singh (1995-12-28) 28 December 1995 (age 18) 0 0 Unattached
5 2DF Narayan Das (1993-09-25) 25 September 1993 (age 21) 5 0 India Dempo
2 2DF Pritam Kotal (1993-08-09) 9 August 1993 (age 21) 2 0 India Mohun Bagan
2DF Shankar Sampingiraj (1994-12-14) 14 December 1994 (age 20) 1 0 India Bengaluru FC
4 2DF Sandesh Jhingan (1993-07-21) 21 July 1993 (age 21) 1 0 Unattached
29 2DF Joyner Lourenco (1991-09-08) 8 September 1991 (age 23) 1 0 India Sporting Goa
2DF Keenan Almeida (1991-10-02) 2 October 1991 (age 23) 0 0 India Sporting Goa
20 3MF Lalrindika Ralte (1992-09-07) 7 September 1992 (age 22) 10 1 India East Bengal
3MF Milan Singh (1992-05-15) 15 May 1992 (age 22) 6 0 India Shillong Lajong
21 3MF Pronay Halder (1993-02-25) 25 February 1993 (age 21) 5 0 India Dempo
14 3MF Siam Hanghal (1993-05-26) 26 May 1993 (age 21) 0 0 India Bengaluru FC
3MF Clifton Dias (1991-01-10) 10 January 1991 (age 23) 0 0 India Salgaocar
9 4FW Robin Singh (Overaged) (1990-05-09) 9 May 1990 (age 24) 2 0 India Bengaluru FC
11 4FW Sunil Chhetri (Overaged) (1984-08-03) 3 August 1984 (age 30) 1 1 India Bengaluru FC
10 4FW Francis Fernandes (Overaged) (1985-11-25) 25 November 1985 (age 29) 1 0 India Salgaocar
30 4FW Mandar Rao Desai (1992-03-18) 18 March 1992 (age 22) 1 0 India Dempo
4FW Thongkhosiem Haokip (1993-08-26) 26 August 1993 (age 21) 0 0 India Pune
18 4FW Seminlen Doungel (1994-01-03) 3 January 1994 (age 20) 0 0 India Shillong Lajong

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Asian Games 2002 (South Korea)". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Asian Games 2006 (Qatar)". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "2010 Asian Games". Olympic Association of Asia. Retrieved 26 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Jitendran, Nikhil. "Scott O'Donnell relieved of assistant coach duties - report". Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Football contingents get go ahead for Incheon Asian Games". The All India Football Federation. Retrieved 9 September 2014. 

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